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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Thermal imaging method for estimating oxygen saturation
Author(s): Michal Tepper; Rotem Neeman; Yonat Milstein; Moshe Ben-David; Israel Gannot

Paper Abstract

The objective of this study is to develop a minimal invasive thermal imaging method to determine the oxygenation level of an internal tissue. In this method, the tissue is illuminated using an optical fiber by several wavelengths in the visible and near-IR range. Each wavelength is absorbed by the tissue and thus causes increase in its temperature. The temperature increase is observed by a coherent waveguide bundle in the mid-IR range. The thermal imaging of the tissue is done using a thermal camera through the coherent bundle. Analyzing the temperature rise allows estimating the tissue composition in general, and specifically the oxygenation level. Such a system enables imaging of the temperature within body cavities through a commercial endoscope. As an intermediate stage, the method is applied and tested on exposed skin tissue. A curve-fitting algorithm is used to find the most suitable saturation value affecting the temperature function. The algorithm is tested on a theoretical tissue model with various parameters, implemented for this study, and on agar phantom models. The calculated saturation values are in agreement with the real saturation values.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2009
PDF: 12 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 14(5) 054048 doi: 10.1117/1.3251036
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 14, Issue 5
Show Author Affiliations
Michal Tepper, Tel-Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Rotem Neeman, Tel-Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Yonat Milstein, Tel-Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Moshe Ben-David, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Israel Gannot, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)

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